Letters to the Editor

Belief and bigotry

Bigoted attitudes are intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

Often opinions are derived from religious beliefs.

Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason.

Basic religious beliefs are not based on reason otherwise you would not need faith.

Someone running a business that discriminates against people with different opinions can reasonably be called bigoted.

People are free to believe any irrational thing they want. Their “religious beliefs are safe.” Acting on irrational beliefs can cause problems.

Some countries have groups similar to what is called the Taliban who want to pass laws to force everyone to follow particular religious beliefs and punish even with death those who offend anyone holding the irrational beliefs.

I prefer not to live in those places and do not want similar activity here.

— C. J. Ransom,